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  • The Tale

    The Tale

    ★★★★½

    Maybe the best film of the year so far? Gut wrenching and hard to watch, but also absolutely vital in the way it explores the way narratives can be used to shield ourselves or harm others. Writer/Director Jennifer Fox's script is superb, ably switching between multiple modes of storytelling with ease. It's an investigative piece, a series of testimonials, a horrifying coming of age story, a relationship drama, a confrontation of the spirit, all at once, all apart. She even…

  • Sylvio

    Sylvio

    ★★★★

    A small town gorilla gets involved in a local access show when he realises people love watching him break stuff. But breaking stuff isn't who Sylvio (Sylvio Bernardi) is. Sylvio is a kind soul who knows the pain of anger and just wants to focus on his puppet shows about Herbert Herpels, an old man who waters his plants and sleeps and has learned peace. Can he be successful and truthful to himself?

    Really sweet and funny. The inherently ridiculous…

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  • Churchill

    Churchill

    ★½

    This movie ends with a title card informing the audience who won World War 2.

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★★½

    [Watched at MIFF 2016]

    Fantastically gorgeous and very funny sexsploitation/technicolor homage. Pointedly feminist, its tragicomic heroine has completely internalised the systemic patriarchal abuse surrounding her and is thus a predator to the very men who objectify her.

    Samantha Robinson is wonderfully precise and campy at the centre, and director/writer/editor/set designer/everything Anna Biller creates a true feast for the eyes, creating a world which is truly style over substance, and all the better for it.

    The film's primary problem is that…